St. Paulís Church started life in the 12th Century
where the Church of St. Maryís now stands. The church fell into ruin around 1520 but the churchyard
was used for burials until 1838.
The present St. Paulís began life as the Chapel to the Manor House, but
due to the original parish church being in ruins the private chapel was
consecrated as the parish church in1838. Various parts of the original church
were added to St. Paulís over many years; stone remnants were used for the
chapel and also a scratch dial (used in the Middle Ages). In 1926, Walton in Gordano became the village it is today (it originally
encompassed part of Clevedon) thus allowing St. Paulís to be the only parish church. St. Paulís today continues to have special services throughout
the year: Plough Sunday (January), Rogation Sunday (May), Flower Festival
(August) and Harvest Festival (Autumn).
We are also fortunate in
this village to have the only village shop in the Gordano
Valley Having originated as an Ale House in the late 1800s it continued to be
the village store until it closed in 1992. In 2006 a villager (Emma Edwards)
decided to re-open the shop and it has once again taken its place as the heart
of the community. Cross Tree Stores is open Monday to Saturday and Sundays .